Most if not all newborns like to be swaddled. You can purchase a swaddling blanket for about $30, although I have seen them for as low as $10 or you can learn how to do it yourself.
To swaddle all you need is a receiving blanket and a baby. The thin ones work best. Also it is much easier to swaddle a calm baby who is not waving their arms all around.
Lay the blanket on a flat surface.
Fold one corner down about 4 inches.
Lay the baby on the blanket.
Bring one side of the blanket over the baby, and tuck it under the other side of the baby.
Bring up the bottom part of the blanket
Bring over the other side of the blanket and tuck it under the baby.
The Baby Burrito
Swaddling provides your baby with a sense of security. My babies all sleep better when they are wrapped up in a blanket.
Awww… How precious! She’s cute as a button! Probably cuter! 🙂
I used to do that, too. Looks like she’s enjoying it!
Great lesson. When my kids were babies, my hubby used to tease me because he could swaddle them better than I could. I worked full-time after both kids were born while my hubbie stayed home and watched the kids. When I was home, I was often feeding or playing with the baby. When I would swaddle the baby, my hubbie would redo it, saying that I didn’t do it tightly enough. It was a big joke around our house. If I ever started to feel “outdone” by him, I just said, “OK, you can breastfeed the next meal!”. It was all in good fun! (He never said that he was better with diapers, though. I wonder why. Hmmm.)
It reminds me of how quickly the time has passed with my little one, now almost 8 months!! All of my children have preferred a good swaddle, and “Daddy’s burrito wrapping” has always been the standard!!! I have often wondered should my husband desire to work for Chipotle, could he list “swaddling” as previous experience?? Cora is beautiful!!! Congrats on the new camera!! I am very excited for you as I LOVE PICTURES!!!
What an adorable little model! 🙂 Looks like you’re enjoying your new camera! I have always swaddled my babies the same way. They loved it!
You make it look so easy!! I could never get Baby Sister swaddled very well. 🙁 Cora looks so sweet and comfy. Oh well, I guess it doesn’t really matter now.
My mom taught me this swaddle on my Cabbage Patch Doll when I was 5 years old. Even with all this experience neither one of my boys liked to be swaddled 🙁 Surprisingly they both liked to have their arms free so we would do a half-swaddle. Most of the time they would end up kicking their legs out anyway. I am jealous of the babies that would fall asleep the minute they were swaddled! Oh well, maybe the next baby.
Thanks for the post – I am surprised by the number of people who don’t know how to swaddle!
My son loved to be swaddled, however for whatever reason he was a little Houdini and could get out of any swaddle no matter how tight I made it. Then we found the Miracle Blanket. It was money well spent. there were times though that I wished he would just stay wrapped up. He is four now and a great sleeper and when he gets so upset that he can’t calm himself down we wrap him up in a blanket and it still works.
I recommend swaddling to everybody I know, no matter how you do it.
My first and third boys loved being swaddled. #2 hated it and could get out of a blanket, safety-pinned closed, with a swaddle blanket over it by 2 months old. Wish I’d had a miracle blanket with him, though he might have gotten out of that too lol. #3 is 6 months old and I still swaddle him. He goes right to sleep, I love it. I call it a baby burrito too 🙂 Cora is so cute all wrapped up.
Before I left the hospital with my son, I had a nurse show me how to swaddle him, what a lifesaver that was!
When my daughter was born, I was “refreshed” on it and again it worked like a champ!
Babies are so cute, wrapped up “snug as a bug”! 🙂
Somebody's Mimi says
I never called it “swaddle”, we called it baby in a blanket… only kidding. Cora seems to be very content. Looks like you had your professional “swaddler” come in for a photo shoot.
awwww…I remember those days.
Our third child loved to be swaddled. In fact he would not sleep at all unless he was swaddled super tight – until he was 10 months old. One day it was 100+ outside and we didn’t have air conditioning. I just couldn’t swaddle him for his nap. He did eventually go to sleep and that was the end of swaddling for us. But he still likes to be wrapped tight with his blanket and he is 6.
Mrs. Pear says
Awww, so cute!
I love the baby burrito – we call it that too.
Our youngest daughter had hip dysplasia, and was in a harness, so we had to learn a new method of swaddling, and it works great too, and rather than being in the angle is on the square (you need the bigger swaddlers for this, the 30 x 40 does not cut it), and the result was that she looked like a 3 point star…or a triangle…
She is 8 months old and still loves to be swaddled at night just so she can slowly break out of and hold her blanket to suck her thumb…
A Baby Burrito! I love those!
Both my boys also loved to be swaddled…and, as your pictures alludes to, my husband always did the BEST swaddles.
What a cute baby!! Mine also slept much better when they were swaddled. It was magic for my last baby that also had colic….he lived in a swaddle for four months of his life!
Pre-baby I always thought it looked to restricting but once I had a baby it sure worked on settling him. And when you think about it, there’s not much room to move in the womb.
Great pictures – your husband’s swaddling hands really show how small Cora is! Amazing! And adorable too 🙂
My third still loves being swaddled at 8 months. It got rather tricky because we had no blankets big enough after a couple months. I ended up using a leftover length of fleece one night and it worked perfectly – has just the right amount of stretch to it. Not sure what I’ll do when it really warms up outside, I was going to go wander the aisles of the cloth store.
Its really sad that i’m just learning this now, in time for my 6th and 7th babies who will be arriving this summer, but I just learned this in my hypnobirthing class last week! BUT the video we watched took it a step further..
The name of the video was something like “the happiest baby on the block” I HIGHLY reccommend this! he took it a step further, and recommended 5 “s”s for calming a crying baby, the first was swaddling, the second was sidelying, hold the baby on his side sort of facing down, and that is a reflex that calms them down. If that doesn’t work, then he recommends loudly SHHHHHH!!! in their ear, a long repetitive SHHH… it looked very funny and in fact rude, but it worked! Next was sucking, pacifier, or breast, Oops… i think i must have missed one in there… anyway, thought i’d include that in case anyone is dealing with a fussy baby. I’m for one, glad to have this under my belt since i’ll be dealing with 2 babies at the same time! aak!